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Into commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the Armisticea fifteen-part radio dramatisation of the letters on which Testament of Youth was partly based was broadcast on BBC Radio Four. The book was dramatised by Elaine Morgan as a five-part serial which was transmitted on BBC2 in However, it was interesting to read the day-to-day reality of an Edwardian, middle-class, young woman struggling to find a feminist identity.

Jj rated it it was amazing Aug 01, Feb 21, Diane Dreher rated it it was amazing.

It covers the beginning of her career in journalism, writing for Time and Tide and lecturing for the League of Nations. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jul 04, Gill rated it liked it. Vera is a brilliant narrator, though you do realize early on that her brilliance must’ve been exhausting.

Vera herself abandoned Oxford Vera Brittain’s bestselling Testament of Youth was based on her actual diaries-which have far greater intimacy and immediacy than the book extracted from them.

A heartbreaking insight into the hopes, fears and sorrows of a young girl fated to lose all she loved in the cruelty of WWI. Beyond that, its almost like an interactive role-playing game where the reader has almost virtually the same romantic experience as the author because much of the interaction between the author and her love is via their letters.

Chronicle of Youth

Her disbelief in the destruction of a cathedral in Belgium – “the whole world mourns at the loss of such historical beauty and art” earlysays chroniclle all. The diary is a wonderful peak into history. This article needs additional citations for verification. The War Diary, by Vera Brittain.


In the foreword, Brittain describes how she originally intended to write of her experiences as a novel but was unable to achieve the necessary objective distance from her subject. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Elizabeth rated it really liked it Mar 18, Andrew rated it really liked it Sep 15, Sep 06, Rochelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Brittain and Leighton come across as being completely unaware of their class, and as a reader it’s easy to forget how privileged they were, but some times it comes across in bits and pieces.

For the feature film, see Testament of Youth film. Entries are to the point, and subject of most entries very interesting though not very funny.

I fera always wanted to know more about education at Oxford and feel I got a good deal of information from this book, aside from the WWI story of a young woman who examined her feelings and chromicle feelings of others very closely during the cataclysm. I’m looking forward to reading the full text of the letters soon. The ending was a bit dissapointing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Entitled Letters from a Lost Generationtheir appearance was met with considerable acclaim.

I love reading people’s diaries, and as invested as I am in Brittain’s story, this was a great and sometimes painful read.

Chronicle of Youth by Vera Brittain

To ask other readers questions about Chronicle of Youthplease sign up. Between andBrittain had attempted to edit her war diaries for publication in response to a publisher’s competition; however, when they were not selected, she focused for a time on fiction and journalism before ultimately adapting them into her memoir in Both were commissioned as officers early in World War I, and both were subsequently killed, as were several other members of their social circle.


Chroonicle material may be challenged and removed. Together with Winifred Holtby she toured the defeated and occupied regions of Germany and Austria in This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat Being a diary made it very immediate and real because she didn’t know the tragedies to come.

The book shows how the impact extended into the postwar years. Refresh and try again.

Megan rated it it was amazing Feb 28, It ends rather abruptly inbut in all honesty you’re ready for it to end. Beginning with JanuaryVera’s life is quite golden.

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Brittain’s memoir continues with Testament of Experiencevvera inand encompassing the years — Articles needing additional references from December All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata. This gives you a better idea of what it was like living day-to-day during the first two or so years of the war.

Charlotte Dollin rated it it was amazing Jan 21, The narrative begins with Vera’s plans to enter Somerville College, Oxford and her romance with Roland Leighton, a friend of her brother Edward. Inthe war letters which Brittain also drew on in her autobiography verx published in an edition by Alan Bishop and Mark Bostridge. Rachel Thomas rated it britfain was amazing Jun 30, Thanks for telling us about the problem. It looks at early versions of the book in the wake of the new film adaptation.